Finance Watch: Pfizer Ventures' Dalton Makes Sense Of Neuroscience Focus Within New $600m VC Fund Commitment
Venture Capital Edition: Pfizer deprioritized neuroscience as an early R&D focus earlier this year, but will stay involved by spending 25% of the $600m added to its venture fund on neurology investments. Also, China VC investment keeps up fast pace and Alta Partners closes a new $130m health care fund.
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Private Company Edition: The allogeneic cell therapy developer founded by former Juno execs launched in January 2019 without disclosing its initial funding. Other recent venture capital mega-rounds include $192m for Orca, $170m for C4, $118m for Shattuck and $102m for GreenLight.
Aspen Neuroscience, Pandion and iTeos raised $70m, $80m and $125m, respectively. Also, Glide Healthcare closed a €416m ($450m) fund; ElevateBio, Kallyope and SutroVax reveal VC mega-rounds; and Dragonfly adds new funding to its partnering proceeds.